The 31-year-old Welker, a four-time All-Pro who has led the NFL in catches on three occasions, signed a two-year contract worth $12 million with Denver on March 13.
“There’s certain guys you just feel like you have timing with right away,” said Manning, 37, a five-time First-Team All-Pro who has thrown 436 touchdowns, against 209 pickoffs, for 59,487 yards in 224 starts. “He’s a guy that has a great feel for how to get open, and understands route concepts and, of course, he played in such a sophisticated offense there in New England, so he’s a smart player.”
The 5-foot-9, 185 pound Welker, who inked a deal with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech University in 2004, has snagged an astounding 768 balls for 8,580 yards and 38 scores since debuting as a professional.
A deserving member of the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team and one of the greatest signal-callers in the annals of football, Manning will face more scrutiny than ever this autumn.
Battling Brett Favre to become the king of postseason shortcomings with a 9-11 record, the former University of Tennessee star is inarguably one of the preeminent choke artists in recent sports memory.
As legitimate superstars, it’s not surprising that Manning and Welker “have timing” and the duo should flourish together throughout the regular season.
However, with Wes Welker as an added weapon, Peyton Manning had better not amass a 12th playoff loss next winter or the legend will forever be considered a princess in the “Queen City of the West.”by